Doctor Who (1963)

Season 13 Episode 9

Pyramids of Mars, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 25, 1975 on BBC
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England, 1911. The TARDIS is drawn off-course and lands in the country house of archaeologist Marcus Scarman. But what did Scarman unearth on his last visit to Egypt, and how can the Doctor defeat his most powerful foe yet - Sutekh, the God of Destruction?

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  • The Doctor vs. Robot Mummies...

    The Doctor: I'm a Time Lord... Sarah: I know you're a Time Lord.

    The Doctor: You don't understand the implications. I'm not a human being. I walk in eternity.

    A fantastic, tense first episode of what is one of the finest classic Doctor Who serials ever. There are robot mummies, cold villains, and at the end, a space suited stranger surrounded by admittedly very effective dry ice. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen are brilliant, playing their roles to perfection, and there is a considerable amount of location filming, especially welcome in a series mostly studio-bound.moreless
Bernard Archard

Bernard Archard

Marcus Scarman

Guest Star

Michael Sheard

Michael Sheard

Laurence Scarman

Guest Star

Peter Copley

Peter Copley

Dr. Warlock

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Doctor says, "Hello Vicki" when Sarah emerges wearing Victoria's old dress. Vicki and Victoria were different companions, and there is no reason for him to confuse the two.

    • Sarah says she comes from 1980. However the Brigadier supposedly retired in 1976 (Season 20's Mawdryn Undead), and the first U.N.I.T. story (Season 6's The Invasion) cannot be set before 1978 at the very earliest. In the spin-off programme K9 and Company we learn that the Doctor delivered Sarah's farewell present to 1978. Suffice to say there's no chance of a coherent continuity here...

  • QUOTES (5)

    • The Doctor: This is much too grave a matter for the police, Mr Scarman.
      Scarman: Too grave?
      : The Doctor: Yes, they'd only hamper my investigation.
      Scarman: Your investigation?
      The Doctor: Yes. Why do you think I'm here? Something's interfering with time, Mr Scarman, and time is my business.

    • The Doctor: Where did you get that dress?
      Sarah: I just told you, I found it back there in the wardrobe. Why, don't you like it?
      The Doctor: Yes, yes I always did. Victoria wore it, she travelled with me for a time.
      Sarah: Well, as long as Albert didn't wear it.

    • The Doctor: Well, you see, Mr Scarman, I have the advantage of being slightly ahead of you. Sometimes behind you, but normally ahead of you.
      Laurence Scarman: I see.
      The Doctor: I'm sure you don't, but it's very nice of you to try.

    • Laurence Scarman: Are you telling me you don't know what year it is?
      The Doctor: If I knew, I wouldn't ask. Don't be obtuse, man!

    • The Doctor: I'm a Time Lord...
      Sarah: I know you're a Time Lord.
      The Doctor: You don't understand the implications. I'm not a human being. I walk in eternity.

  • NOTES (5)

    • DVD: Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars (BBCDVD 1350) released in March 2004. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E2023) in September 2004.

      Video: Doctor Who: Pyramids of MArs (BBCV 2014) released in omnibus format in February 1985. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1109) in February 1988. Re-released in episodic format (BBCV 5220) in February 1994.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 11666 6) first published by Wyndham Publications in 1976.

    • This story consistently tops polls as the best Doctor Who story ever.

    • Filmed in the grounds of Stargrove Manor, which was owned by Mick Jagger at the time.

    • Stephen Harris is a pen name for script editor Robert Holmes, rewriting an unusable script by Lewis Griefer.


    • Sarah Jane makes a joke that she's happy with her new Victorian style outfit as long as it was worn by Victoria (meaning Queen Victoria) and not her consort Prince Albert. However the Victoria the Doctor is talking about as the former owner of the dress is actually Victoria Waterfield, a travelling companion of the second Doctor from the year 1866.

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